How important is a home-cooked meal?

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While nothing may taste as good as mom’s meatloaf, getting a meal cooked at home may also be a great way to improve your diet. Scientists at Johns Hopkins have found that a diet consisting primarily of meals cooked at home tends to be healthier than eating out most nights. And they also found, on the occasions when not eating at home, people are then more likely to eat healthier at restaurants. Even if you love eating out, understanding the specific challenges your diet may face and what are the best options available will help you eat healthier.

Controlling your diet

The study, published in the journal Public Health Nutrition, looked at the dietary habits of over 9,000 participants in the 2007-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The survey gathered data about what subjects ate every day and where.

About 8% of the participants made their dinner at home no more than once a week while 48% of the group cooked dinner at home at least 6 times a week. When comparing the diets, scientists found that those that cooked at home most often ate fewer carbohydrates as well as less fat and sugar.

Also, those that ate home more often were less likely to make frozen dinners or other processed foods. Considering the added sugars and trans fat they may contain, minimizing their use is a big help.

How Olumia Life can help

When considering your fitness and weight loss plans, eating at home affords the benefit of complete control over not only what you eat but serving size too. In the Olumia Life Nutrition plan, you’ll find tons of great recipes to meet all your individual dietary needs. Simple, tasty meals with plenty of variety are a great way to encourage long-term success.

The more often you eat at home, the easier the process becomes. As you build a routine, you become adept in your kitchen and when you go grocery shopping as part of your regular errands. You then can make more delicious meals quicker and with less hassle.

Whoa, whoa, let’s not ban restaurants or anything

Of course, there’s no easy way to eat at home for every meal. Besides, who would want to? Restaurants not only add that variety we love, but can even provide inspiration for home-cooked meals in the future.

There are lots of great places to eat, some healthy and some less so. The Olumia Life app features the ability to rate the menu options and makes and explains recommendations at tens of thousands of eateries in the United States. Even when you’re stuck with less-than-ideal options, the Olumia Life app can tell you which is the better meal. Just because you’re eating better doesn’t mean things can’t be convenient!

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